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Walk to fight cancer


media credit: Arlin Goss Issue date: 9/26/08
Section: News

Students, staff, and members of the community gathered at the 9th annual Walk to Fight Cancer on Saturday, September 20 at the P.E. Center.

The walk began at noon and was put on by Keeping You, Me, and Memories Alive, Inc., a non-profit organization based in the Plymouth area. K.Y.M.M.A., for short, is designed to directly help members of the Plymouth community. Money received from the walk goes straight towards local individuals and their families. (Photo Credit: Arlin Goss)

Student organizations, sports teams and many community members gathered to participate in the event. No length of time spent on the track was too short to benefit the walk. Luminaries with the names of loved ones decorated the path and could be purchased for five dollars.

Along with walking, there were tents set up with food, a raffle and live music. Organizations pledged their time and effort to make the walk a success. "I have had a lot of fun. My friends and I are putting on the gaming club team and have set up games for kids", said PSU Junior Megan Knight.

"We just want to have a successful, fun day," said Kathryn Melanson, President and Director of the project, "and bring back money to those suffering of cancer in the community." In total, the Walk to Fight Cancer events have raised over $115,000 in the past nine years.

The organization was started by a former PSU student Melissa Merrill who lost her mother to cancer eight years ago. She designed the 12-hour walk as a way for those to deal with their grief over the loss of loved ones, as well as give support to those affected by someone still living with cancer. "She didn't care if she made a dollar or not, it was just a way of dealing with her grief," Melanson said.

The event was in partnership with Speare Memorial Hospital, which helps the organization gather referrals of those in need in the Plymouth area. There are also referrals from Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and by word of mouth in the Greater Plymouth Area from locals to the organization. People are affected as far south as New Hampton and as far north as Lincoln.

"I'm here to walk for my boyfriend's mom. She's currently fighting lung cancer and needs all the support she can get. It's a good cause and a nice day for a walk," said sophomore Sarah Warner.

Sororities on campus, such as Tau Omega, attended the event as a way to show support in the Plymouth community. "We're a community service oriented sorority so we decided to walk all day today," said Karen Dietz, a member of Tau Omega. "One of our sister's aunt was just diagnosed with cancer so we're also here to support her," said Angie Lavoie, also a member of the sorority.

For more information about K.Y.M.M.A. or to find out ways to donate or give referrals, visit the organization on the web at MemoriesAlive.org.

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